The 8th Annual 5th Grade Astronomy Night was held on October 25th in Murphy's project lab for 8:00-9:30pm
as an enrichment activity for the fifth grade science unit on the Earth, Moon, and Sun. Astronomy Night was a huge success with over 40 Murphy fifth graders and their families in attendance.
Dr. Eric Pellegrini, an astrophysicist, from the University of Toledo has made time for the event each year since a graduate student at Michigan State University. Dr. Pellegrini's excellent presentation this year was called "What is an Astronomer in our Universe?". He brought his telescope for viewing the evening sky and despite the cloudy conditions students and their families were able to see a binary star complex and find the constellation Cygnus for their Great Worldwide Star Count citizen science project, a light pollution study. Our other guest speaker and astronomer who volunteers each year is Mr. Paul White. Mr. White is a Haslett resident and an enthusiastic amateur astronomer. He started the evening out by having students come out immediately and view Venus before it set in the evening sky. Mr. White also spoke on his passion for astronomy and shared photos he has taken through his telescopes.
Student and their families participated in a number of astronomy-related games and activities that evening with astronomy models, puzzles, and art supplies to create their own solar system or planet as well. All the students and their siblings receives a certificate of participation.